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Shania Twain says she would have voted for Trump, then backtracks and apologises

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The country and pop singer issued an apology via Twitter for her 'awkward' remarks, and emphasised that her values are not in line with the current US president

Anna Freeman

23 Abril 2018 13:20

Country and pop diva Shania Twain has issued a public apology in a number of tweets for comments she made about Donald Trump in an interview with The Guardian.

The singer, now 52, who is Canadian, said she would have voted for Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, prompting a huge backlash from her fans online.

‘I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn't be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don't want bullshit,’ Twain told The Guardian.

‘I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?’

On Sunday evening after the article had widely circulated on the internet, Twain took to Twitter to clear things up. She said she was caught off-guard by the question about the election and apologised ‘to anybody I have offended’.

‘I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it's clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President,’ she wrote.

'My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.’

Although The Guardian didn’t run the comments as the headline or central focus for the piece, other outlets were quick to hone in on her ‘awkward’ assertions.

Twain also opened up about how her stepfather had sexually and physically abused her as a child, and didn’t hold back when discussing Marie-Anne Thiébaud, a former friend who had an affair with Twain's husband Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange.

‘There was one song I wrote about my cheating friend and there was a lot of fucks in there. I hated her, so that's the best word to use when you hate somebody,’ Twain said. ‘“Cunt’ is good, too. My friend said: “Say: ‘She’s a fucking cunt.” That felt good to say.’

Twain and Lange divorced in 2010 and she went on to marry Thiébaud's ex-husband in 2011. Quite the turn of events, everyone would agree.

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